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2012 American Civil Liberties Union - ACLU Liberty Watch: Report Card on Women's Issues - Family Medical Leave Act/Paid Sick Leave 0% 2012 American Civil Liberties Union - ACLU Liberty Watch: Report Card on Civil Liberties - Freedom to Marry for Gay Couples 25% 2012 Eagle Forum - Positions 66% 2012 Save California - Ratings (Presidential) 60% 2012 Save California - Presidential Candidate Score: Protecting Civil Marriage Rights for One Man and One Woman 0% 2012 Save California - Presidential Candidate Score: Adoption by Both a Father and a Mother 100% 2012 Save California - Presidential Candidate Score: Protecting Schoolchildren 100% 2012 Save California - Presidential Candidate Score: Protecting the Boy Scouts 100% 2012 Save California - Presidential Candidate Score: Protecting the Natural Family 75% 2011-2012 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 81% 2011 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 88% 2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 85% 2011 Family Research Council - Positions 90% 2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 85% 2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 93% 2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 90% 2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 80% 2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 81% 2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 90% 2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 100% 2008 Eagle Forum - Positions 80% 2007-2008 Campaign for Working Families - Positions on Conservative Issues 81 2007-2008 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 88% 2007-2008 Family Research Council - Positions 52% 2007-2008 Population Action International - Positions 0% 2007 American Academy of Family Physicians - Positions 0% 2007 Eagle Forum - Positions 88% 2007 Family Research Council - Positions 56 2007 League of Women Voters - Children's Health Issues Score 0% 2007 Population Connection - Positions on Population Stabilization 0% 2006 Eagle Forum - Positions 100% 2006 Family Research Council - Positions 57% 2006 Population Connection - Positions 33% 2005-2006 American Family Association - Positions 57% 2005-2006 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 54% 2005-2006 Population Action International - Positions on Reproductive Health 50% 2005 Eagle Forum - Positions 71% 2005 Family Research Council - Positions 75% 2005 Population Connection - Positions 17% 2004 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 76% 2004 Eagle Forum - Positions 84% 2004 Family Research Council - Positions 58% 2003-2004 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 71% 2003-2004 National Parent Teacher Association - Positions 46% 2003-2004 Population Action International - Positions 0% 2003-2004 Population Connection - Positions 0% 2003 American Family Association - Positions 33% 2003 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 71% 2003 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 76% 2003 Eagle Forum - Positions 88% 2003 Family Research Council - Positions 85% 2003 Population Action International - Positions 0% 2003 Population Connection - Positions 0% 2002 American Family Voices - Positions 12% 2002 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 50% 2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 80% 2002 Population Connection - Positions 22% 2001-2002 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 70% 2001-2002 Family Research Council - Positions 70% 2001-2002 National Parent Teacher Association - Positions 50% 2001 Family Research Council - Positions on Conservative Issues 70% 2001 Population Connection - Positions 30% 2000 Family Research Council - Positions 66% 2000 Population Connection - Positions 0% 1999-2000 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 73% 1999-2000 Home School Legal Defense Association - Positions 100% 1999-2000 National Parent Teacher Association - Positions 57% 1999 Population Connection - Positions 0% 1997-1998 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 64% 1997-1998 Home School Legal Defense Association - Positions 75% 1997-1998 Population Connection - Positions 0% 1997 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 78% 1997 Population Connection - Positions 0%

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